Wild’s Zucker: ‘I want to be somewhere I’m wanted’

  • Jason Zucker opens up about trade rumors, family health scares and the King Clancy
  • A deal to send Zucker to the Calgary Flames fell through just before the trade deadline in February.
  • Last month, a reported move that would’ve sent him and Victor Rask to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Phil Kessel and Jack Johnson didn’t happen because Kessel used his no-trade clause to nix the deal.

“I could be somewhere else before the award show (on Wednesday),” Zucker, who’s nominated for the King Clancy Award, joked to The Athletic’s Michael Russo. “I mean, honestly, I can be traded at any moment … if it’s going to happen, obviously.”

“That’s what makes it the hardest because we’re all great friends,” Zucker said, referring to the teammates who reached out when the trades that fell through made headlines. “And I mean, as far as I know, they don’t want me to leave and I don’t want to, but again, that’s kind of part of the business. But I will say, I do want to be somewhere I’m wanted.”

“I’m going to stay out of it because realistically, I mean Paul’s never treated me poorly,” Zucker said. “I have respected Paul in his position and what he does. Can I say fully that I agree with everything? No, but I can say that about any position, any person in the world I wouldn’t totally agree with everything. And most people would say that about me, and that’s just the way it works.”

Skates Off: Jason Zucker



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